As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.
Friends can be a teen’s greatest asset in high school – they help you out in your most vulnerable times, and they share memories with you, both good and bad. But finding real friends can be hard during these years.
On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.
Some people say that we are looking for candidates who are “pro-charter school.” Let me be clear: this is not the case. Education Matters advocates for positive change for West Contra Costa students, and we believe this starts with an excellent public school district
22-year-old Ayanna Rasheed, is on the path to success now, but it’s in spite of her time in court school, not because of it. She thinks her time in detention in San Joaquin County set her education back.
Richmond resident Juanita Towns is advocating that West Contra Costa Unified School District officials create a multicultural parent center. While it’s a bold idea, Towns believes it’s an answer to increase parental involvement and promote student success.
Black women are the most formally educated group in the United States. A 10-year study shows that as of 2009-2010, black women earn degrees at a higher rate than any single group.
Richmond’s Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) offer students a spirit of learning and self-discovery.
On Feb. 27, 2012, I was released from prison. In June 2016, just four years later, I graduated at the top of my class from UCLA with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude.
Launched in 2007, the award-winning Richmond Build Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Skills and Green Jobs Training Academy, gives Richmond residents a chance to learn new skills in construction, carpentry, solar technology and environmental remediation.